updated April 1st, 2023





Economics, but different

"It's a matter of life and death." With this compelling argument, Moana convinced her fellow ...





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IPA is engaged in transitional and developing countries with
focus on learning and education.

IPA offers help for self-help, e.g. through projects in the fields of food production and water supply as well as the issuance of micro credits.

The unique aspect of the IPA brand is the
integration of youth in the implementation of projects. This gives Swiss students the opportunity to gain formative experiences.

School classes and junior-teams define, plan and execute their projects independently but are supervised by experienced IPA staff.


All projects are inspected by IPA on location, and once completed, are checked over again. This way all donors have the guaranty that their money is being used in exactly the right places and that people are really getting the help they need.




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Economics, but different

students when they were choosing a project. She is one of twenty who have taken the option "development cooperation" at Hottingen high school in Zurich. Forming part of their regular economics classes, the students are given the opportunity to design their own project with IPA. They are working as a team, discussing, planning and fundraising. And all this with a real project in mind. The course is an excellent match for their economics classes. The youngsters get insight into the world of work. They have to take decisions, take on tasks and responsibility, and convince donors with their project. It isn't about maximization of profits, though; it's about helping people. But the factors for success are the same as in the business world, and the same goes for the quality of work. Commitment is one of the basic ingredients, and a lot of it will be needed. The class decided to support the regional hospital in Rumphi, Northern Malawi. There's a great deal of work to get done – just like in a company.




Presentation of various projects in class